I have a lot of ideas for how to improve cities immediately and move towards a goal of green, sustainable cities on a decolonized north america. I have many reasons for wanting to move in this direction - everything from needing cities that can survive climate change to desiring a physical environment that promotes active participation of the inhabitants in the locations civics.
There are a few things that characterize the cities i envision:
- multi-level. Not just skyscrapers, but multiple "street" levels. This will produce an aesthetically different city than were used to seeing.
- bright. The only place we've envisioned these types of cities is in dark cyberpunk sorts of worlds. I want sunlight and growing plants at all levels of the city.
- accessible. Seriously, this includes everything from limiting the use of stairs to ensuring that there are sufficient safe bathrooms.
- able to become self sufficient in emergencies, but keeping open trade with other cities.
- free movement of people. People should be able to travel, both within a city and between them.
- public transit and car alternatives. lots of rail, elevators, and sidewalks. Planning for bikes, skateboards, wheelchairs, and segways.
- privacy. Populations will be dense, so we need to build with privacy in mind.
- safety. People study how to build safe communities. We should listen to them.
- integration. Race, class, culture. We can all learn from each other, and cities should be both diverse and integrated.
- art. Things should be beautiful as well as functional.
- contained. The cities should pull in and go up. Thats how we physically decolonize.
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